John Steinbeck 's Of Mice And Men

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Samuel Schirmacher
Mrs. Struzziero
ELA 9 Honors
22 October 2015
All humans hate being lonely. Some dread it more than others, but all humans, whether they are young or old, male or female, dislike being alone. People dread being alone because they cannot turn to someone for support or advice. In the novella, Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, the main characters George Milton and Lennie Small are migrant workers, meaning that they work on a ranch for a few months, get their paycheck, and leave to find new work. At the beginning of the novella, George and Lennie have come from Weed, a town in north California, and are about to work on a ranch a few miles south of Soledad, California. At the ranch, George and Lennie meet …show more content…

Because of Crooks’ crooked spine and his skin color, Crooks is more stationary than most other men. This also means that on the ranch, Crooks is left alone because he is black and is lonely because he is looked down on and treated as being inferior to everyone else. Curley’s wife is very different from Crooks when it comes to physical attributes. “A girl was standing there looking in. She had full, rouged lips and wide spaced eyes, heavily made up. Her fingernails were red. Her hair hung in little rolled clusters, like sausages. She wore a cotton house dress and red mules, on the insteps of which were little bouquets of red ostrich feathers” (Steinbeck 31). Curley’s wife is white and because she is married to the boss’s son, she is treated with more respect than most of the working men. Because she is the only woman on the ranch, she cannot talk to and do anything with any other women. Since Curley’s wife is the only woman on the ranch, she becomes very lonely and ends up flirting with the other working men on the ranch, like Slim, Candy, and Lennie. Crooks and Curley’s wife are very different when it comes to physical attributes, because Crooks is treated as being inferior and Curley’s wife is treated with more respect than any worker. But, both Crooks and Curley’s wife’s physical appearance make them lonely. Crooks is lonely because he is a cripple and black, so people tend to keep

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